Book Title: The Root of Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 332 pages | Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: March 20, 2019 | Tour dates: September 9 to October 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
Homicide Detective Cameron Gates learned long ago that there is no such thing as a typical murder case. Each mystery is special in its own right—especially for the family of the victim.The homicide of a successful executive, husband, and father seems open and shut when the murder weapon is found in his estranged son-in-law’s possession. The circumstantial evidence is so damning that when her step-son, J.J. Thornton, agrees to act as the defendant’s public defender, he assumes his first murder case will be a loss. Only the report of a missing husband proves that this case is not as open and shut as it seems. Strap on your seat belts for a wild ride in this mystery rooted in decades of deception that sprouts into murder.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Izzy was excited she was to be the Maid of Honor to her future sister-in-law. In the midst of the pressing plans, her mother, Cameron, was called to investigate a gruesome murder.
A body was discovered on a long-established elderly couple's farm. It was ore shocking when the body was identified! Cameron used much persuasion to convince her step-son, who is an attorney, to represent him. There were two very valid reasons why he did not ant to do this.
In her usual fashion, Lauren Carr mixes intimacy in relationships, humor, and intrigue in her murder mystery stories. Just as the reader determines "who did it?", she adds further information, which successfully keeps the reader guessing to the very end.
The characters are all very well developed and one feels he/she knows them, personally, and is in the scenes, experiencing the whole intrigue.
Although there are intimate scenes, alluding to sexual situations, these series are free of explicit details. There are a few crude words but no strong profanity.
This novel earns a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Character Blog: Mom and Dad: Lovers in Crime by Izzy Thornton - by Lauren Carr
Okay, like I need to write this essay about my family and I need to write at least five-hundred words. Problem is this. I don’t think five hundred words can do it. You see, I don’t have your regular family.
I mean they’re normal to me because I live with these people and I think they’re pretty special.
My name is Izzy Thornton and I’m fourteen years old. I was adopted. That means the Thorntons picked me to join their family. I think that’s really cool.
A while back, my mom was murdered. She was the only family I had. The investigator in her case was Murphy Thornton. When he saw that I was in danger, he took me home to stay with him and his wife Jessica. She’s rich and gorgeous. She has a room dedicated just to her shoes! Now she’s my sister-in-law.
When the investigation got really dangerous, Murphy’s dad and stepmom stepped in. That’s right. My Mom is a bad ass, too.
I started out with no family. Now I have a BIG family! I have five big brothers and sisters and a huge dog named Admiral and Irving, a cat who looks like a skunk, and a beautiful horse named Comanche!
So anyway, DAD is Joshua Thornton. He’s Hancock County’s prosecuting attorney and he’s a really cool guy. If you’re a murderer, then you’d think he was really uncool.
My Mom is Lieutenant Cameron Gates, a homicide detective with the Pennsylvania State Police, which can be sticky because Dad is the prosecutor in West Virginia. The state line is only a mile or so from our house in Chester. I call Cameron “Cam” because I had a mom before her and I don’t feel right calling Cam Mom. Cam understands.
Cam packs a nine-millimeter semi-automatic and carries a badge. Like I said, she’s a bad ass. She isn’t a very good cook. Dad does most of the cooking. But she can make the best hot fudge sundaes! Cameron’s idea of cooking is heating up hot fudge sauce in the microwave and spooning it on the ice cream. If she feels like being fancy, she’ll toss a few extra cherries on top to brighten up the color.
I have three brothers and two sisters. My sister Sarah goes to the naval academy in Annapolis. She’s going to be the first woman Navy SEAL! My other sister Tracy is a caterer. She and my brother J.J. are opening a restaurant together.
Donny is a football player at West Virginia University. I already told you about Murphy. He has an identical twin named Joshua Junior. Everyone calls him J.J.
After J.J. graduated from law school, he came home to Chester and moved in with his first love, Suellen Russell, but she was really sick. She owned Russell Ridge Farm and Orchards. Suellen was such a nice lady. She had rescued Comanche, who was being neglected, and gave her to me!
She also hired Poppy to train her horses. Poppy is a real honest-to-goodness horse whisperer—at least, I think she’s a horse whisperer. She says she just knows how to listen. Poppy’s got beautiful red hair and freckles all over. She also has a horse name Gulliver. He’s got spots all over him, too. He’s an appaloosa. He’s also an escape artist.
When Suellen died, she left all of it to J.J.!
Now J.J. is marrying Poppy and I’m going to be her maid of honor at the wedding! Believe me, I’m taking my duties as maid of honor very seriously. Whatever the bride wants, she gets. Well, Poppy has been having dreams about this wedding gown and we can’t find it anywhere! It’s white, but it’s got a gold lace overlay. Poppy insists that we have to find this particular gown because it’s in her dreams. We’ve been to every bridal shop and they think we’re crazy. Poppy doesn’t seem worried, but I am. What happens if we don’t find it? Poppy says she’ll walk down the aisle in her birthday suit!
On top of all that, we have a murder to solve. Cameron got called out on a case where a body was dumped at a farm out in Hookstown and set on fire. The victim ended up being the father of Heather Davis, an old girlfriend of J.J.
When they found the murder weapon at his estranged son-in-law’s place, the case seemed like a slam dunk. Right? Then, the son-in-law’s mother talked Dad into helping. Dad couldn’t take the case on account of him being a prosecutor and all, so he asked J.J. to do it for him.
With so much evidence against the suspect, J.J. assumed his first murder case was going to be a loser. But no, that wasn’t what happened at all. Right after the bail hearing, the mother of another one of J.J.’s old girlfriends reported her husband missing and this slam dunk case got blown wide open!
Now this simple murder case is much more complicated. When two of the prime suspects ended up being J.J.’s ex-girlfriends, Dad and Cameron dragged him into the case. Less than two months to his wedding day, the last thing J.J. wanted was to cozy up to his old flames.
But, like Dad and Cam always say, when it comes to murder, you do what you have to do to get to the truth.
No, my parents are not your average dad and mom. How many brothers marry horse whisperers who dance the Viennese waltz? How many parents go chasing after killers? How many people own an orphaned lamb who thinks he’s a dog (his name is Oliver) and a watch rooster named Charley?
No, I don’t have your average family. But they’re my family and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Meet the author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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